Beijing urged the European country not to continue acting as a “pawn of the ‘Taiwan independence forces'”.
Beijing has strongly condemned Lithuanian “anti-Chinese forces” for their deliberate violation of China’s sovereignty, following a recent visit by a Lithuanian delegation to Taiwan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.
At Thursday’s press conference, the spokesman said that Vilnius is violating the “one China” principle with its actions and has committed “serious interference” in Beijing’s internal affairs. “The Lithuanian government has promised not to establish official relations or conduct official contacts with Taiwan. However, Lithuania has repeatedly broken its promise, which is a betrayal of trust and justice,” Wang said.
China has assured that it will respond “firmly” against the “unpleasant provocations” of the Lithuanian side. He also urged the European country not to continue acting as a “pawn of the ‘Taiwan independence forces’ and anti-China forces, and not to go further and further down the wrong path,” the spokesman concluded.
Bilateral relations between China and Lithuania deteriorated after the Baltic country last year authorized the opening of a Taiwanese representative office in Vilnius, whose inauguration on November 18 prompted strong criticism from Beijing. Unlike other Taiwanese diplomatic missions in Europe and the US, which are called ‘Taipei offices’ to avoid a direct reference to the island, the office in Vilnius is named after the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania.